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Ireland 1916: Death of a Literary Revival? – 26 Jan

25th January 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Irish Literary Society in association with the Irish Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University, present a reflection on the Irish Literary Revival (1891-1922). Irish artists representing various literary forms will join academics in discussion on the artistic legacy of the Revival. The playwright Marina Carr, poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and novelist Jennifer Johnston will discuss the influence of the Revival on their work and the place of the artist in Ireland after independence. Prof Declan Kiberd, Dr PJ Mathews of University College Dublin (joint editors of the recent Handbook of the Irish Revival) will present a literary and historical overview of the period. Dr Tony Murray, Director of the Irish Studies Centre, will chair the evening. Members must reserve tickets via the ILS Honorary Secretary (irishlitsoc@gmail.com), non-members can purchase tickets via the link below. [envira-gallery id=”7761″]
Filming Revival event - 25 Jan 2016
filming at the ILS Revival event with a capacity audience.

Speakers: Marina Carr Marina Carr One of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights whose poetic tragedies often reinterpret ancient myth and address violence and the place of women in Irish life. Across her great Midlands-set plays Carr creates a timeless version of Ireland, replete with ghosts, ill-fated women and tragic families. Throughout her work Carr’s engagement with myth and folktale can be read as a richly imaginative reflection on the development of Irish cultural identity. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Ní Dhomhnaill is one of the most prominent poets writing in the Irish language today. Her work has reflected profoundly on the tradition shaped by the Revival. From Gaelic myths she has recovered models of powerful Irish women, including goddesses and queens. Of her work Bernard O’Donoghue, ILS President, has written “Her mixture of myth, linguistic adeptness and feminine address are held together by an outstanding metaphorical force.”
Jennifer JohnstonJennifer Johnston One of Ireland’s great writers, a Whitbread and Booker prize winner, Johnston has produced brilliant work on the period of 1916-22 in Ireland and on the Great War, often as a means of examining contemporary Irish life. The Old Jest (1979) and Fool’s Sanctuary (1987) are key works which describe how the War of Independence shattered families and opened class, gender and religious divides. Professor Declan Kiberd Professor Declan Kiberd A leading international authority on the literature of Ireland, both in English and Irish, Kiberd has authored scores of articles and many books, including Synge and the Irish Language; Men and Feminism in Irish Literature; Inventing Ireland; and most recently (with P.J. Mathews) Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Political and Cultural Writings 1891-1922 (Abbey Theatre Press, 2015). He is a regular essayist and reviewer in the Irish Times, TLS, London Review of Books and the New York Times.
Dr PJ Mathews Dr PJ Matthews Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at University College Dublin, Matthews’ research interests include: the literature and culture of the Irish Revival, especially the work of J.M. Synge; twentieth century Irish writing; contemporary Irish theatre, and Irish music. Publications include The Cambridge Companion to J. M. Synge; Revival: The Abbey Theatre; Sinn Féin, the Gaelic League and the Co-operative Movement; and most recently (with Declan Kiberd) Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Political and Cultural Writings 1891-1922 (Abbey Theatre Press, 2015). He is also co-convenor of the Irish Studies Doctoral Research Network. PJ Matthews Dr Tony Murray Director of the Irish Studies Centre at London Metropolitan University, Murray’s research is in literary and cultural representations of the Irish diaspora with a particular focus on the Irish in Britain. He is responsible for the Archive of the Irish in Britain and especially interested in the role of narrative in the construction and mediation of migrant identities. Publications include London Irish Fictions: Narrative Diaspora and Identity (2012) and Winifred M. Patton and the Irish Revival in London (2014).

This event is presented in association with:

London Metropolitan University, home of the Irish Studies Centre

London Metropolitan University, home of the Irish Studies Centre

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25th January 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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